Cosmic Jazz this week really mashed up the music. New this week was the latest from Keith Jarrett – Sleeper, a reissue from 1979 of a concert in Tokyo with his European quartet, featuring Jan Garbarek on saxes, Palle Danielsson on bass and Jon Christensen on drums. This is a sensational double CD set that kicks off with the powerful Personal Mountains and then continues to entrance even those most familiar with Jarrett’s now huge recorded output. Check this out on Listen Again and judge for yourself.
The show began with German synth-rock and moved quickly into some British drum and bass jazz as a taster for the long Keith Jarrett track. More Jan Garbarek followed (here with Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain) before we heard two new pieces from John Surman and Christian Scott. Then it was time for Tony Allen – the man once described by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived” – before we introduced to a real rarity from Jackie McLean and drummer Michael Carvin and concluding this section with Britches, a classic piece of drummer-led funk from the Meters.
Sampled drums from Roy Ayers’ Running Away featured on Mystery and then Pharoah Sanders roared in with Jitu. We played the glorious Monk’s Mood in full but just tasted the long track Capra Black (on what was to be Lee Morgan’s final album) and the show ended with Lee Konitz tackling Bartok and a moment of reflection from Billy Hart’s new album for ECM. Finally, we ended with the dubwise sounds of Bill Laswell, as remixed by Joe Claussell.
- Between – Devotion
- The Genesis Project – Intense
- Keith Jarrett Quartet – Personal Mountains
- Zakir Hussain – Zakir
- John Surman – Elfwin
- Christian Scott – The Berlin Patient (CCR5)
- Tony Allen – Afro-Disco Beat
- Jackie McLean and Michael Carvin – De I Comahlee
- Meters – Britches
- Miles Davis – Mystery
- Pharoah Sanders – Jitu
- Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane – Monk’s Mood
- Lee Morgan – Capra Black
- Bela Bartok/Lee Konitz Quintet – Village Joke
- Billy Hart – Song for Balkis
- Animation – Sanctuary (Joe Claussell Hidden Revealed Version)